The Weight of One Self


This is a shot of “the Weight of One Self” a “philosophical experience” by Nordic sculptors Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragse in Lyon. This is a statue of a man carrying another lifeless man in his arms… himself in fact. I turned around the statue in order to hide the sun and get some dramatic backlighting and flickering on the surface of the Saone river. December 2014

Blue Wallace

There is this new trend in Paris whereby Wallace fountains are painted all kinds of colours (above, Poterne des Peupliers in a yet to be inaugurated new housing development – use Streetview to get back in time). Sir Richard must be turning in his grave. Below is a very apt red version in Chinatown.

Tropical Garden Statuary (B&W)

The tropical garden in Vincennes is a mixed bag of left over pavilions from the late 19th century international exhibitions, greenhouses, and office buildings dedicated to the study and preparation of tropical plants. It is also packed with interesting statuary, in various states of conservation. Above, Theseus is holding the Gorgon’s head … who is kind of chewing a leaf by  the way.

A stern statue representing Europe in a group depicting all continents.

A graceful, but unfortunately beheaded, oriental statue. The whole park is in a bit of a sorry state, which makes for interesting photography (colourised black and white in that particular case).

My day with Antoine (3)

Antoine Bourdelle
The museum is situated on the very grounds of Antoine Bourdelle’s workshop. As well as visiting the original workshop, visitors are also able to view the 1949 extension to the building, in which a lot of very large statues can be found; like the clay version of the famous Hercules the archer statue (right-hand side)
Antoine Bourdelle
A bit further, a new extension was built in the 1990s by Porzemparc, the Architect, in which one can find this beautiful statue dedicated to the soldiers who fought the 1870 war against Prussia.

fine statue and a stripy background

I spotted that scene at the Museum of fine Art in Rouen and I liked the contrast between the old marble statue (Orpheus seducing a Siren by Emmanuel Hannaux 1855-1934; see how Orpheus escaped the Sirens here) and the modern stripy background.